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Psychotherapy for Individuals

Individual therapy is where the sessions are attended by you in a one-to-one with your therapist. They usually take place face-to-face, but can also happen via telephone, or videocall. Sessions occur on a weekly basis and last for 50 minutes.

You and your therapist would work together on issues that you are bringing, with the pace of the work also being discussed between you. Pacing is very much dependent upon what you need. For example, a client experiencing trauma symptoms may feel safer and less overwhelmed looking at difficult experiences more gently. Conversely, another client may bring different concerns and be keen to look at these issues at the earliest opportunity.

The first session, often referred to as the initial assessment, is a little different from subsequent sessions. It is an opportunity for the therapist to gather relevant information from you, in order to get a better sense of your situation and the best course of action to take.

This session tends to include discussing with you the concerns bringing you to therapy and what you’d like to get out of the process. The assessment session will also be an opportunity for you to get a sense of the therapist and how they work, as well as to establish whether you feel ‘safe’, heard and understood.

There will be some discussion together about the therapy approach, session length and frequency. The length of therapy is dependent upon the issues you are bringing and your therapy goals. Workplace therapy is for up to 8 weeks, however, for other client’s sessions may be short, medium, or long-term.

The therapist will also provide you with relevant information, including their therapy approach, and invite you to ask any questions you’d like to about the process, to assist you in making an informed decision about whether therapy is right for you.

Subsequent sessions will be where you and the therapist collaboratively work through the issues you are bringing. The space is primarily for you to bring your thoughts and feelings about what is concerning you, and the aim will be to help you gain insights and overcome any barriers to achieving your aspirations. Where the client feels better, achieves the desired change(s) or feels like they’ve achieved their therapy goals, there is usually an end date agreed that you and your therapist work towards, celebrating your progress.

Psychotherapy for Couples

Couples therapy is where a couple attend psychotherapy together with a qualified therapist, trained to work with couples. Sessions take place on a weekly basis and last for 50 minutes.

As a couple, you may want to attend sessions to ensure the future health, success and longevity of your relationship. Alternately, you both may be experiencing difficulties in your relationship and wishing to either work through them, or, establish whether the relationship is one you feel you can continue to stay in.

Couples therapy focuses on the stage your relationship is in. It will explore each of your family histories, culture, ideas about what love and relationships are, societal influences, and how all of these components impact your relationship.

This type of therapy is also concerned with what expectations and standards each of you has about romantic relationships. However, it can also be helpful to attend couples therapy if you are facing a specific and unexpected life event that has come to place strain on your relationship.

You may be considering couples therapy to help you with:

 Communication issues
 Sexual Issues
 Premarital issues
 Non-traditional partnerships
 Lying or Betrayal
 Major life event
 Financial matters
 Old resentments/rehashing the past
 Digital technology issues such as social media, sexting, pornography
 Relationship endings

As with individual therapy there is an initial assessment, the therapy work and an ending. As with individual psychotherapy, the approach taken will vary dependent upon the therapy approach that the therapist is trained in.

Whether attending individual or couples therapy, the fundamental factor that research tells us consistently is more vital than anything else is the therapeutic alliance, that is, the therapeutic relationship built between therapist and client(s). Building a good relationship with your therapist will allow the best conditions for getting the most out of the process because there is the freedom to explore relevant issues, without judgement.

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